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Going Home (Trophy Picture Books) (edition 1998)

by Eve Bunting, David Diaz (Illustrator), Elle Bunting (Author)

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Title:Going Home (Trophy Picture Books)
Authors:Eve Bunting
Other authors:David Diaz (Illustrator), Elle Bunting (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (1998), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:hispanic, realistic fiction, Multicultural, Picture Books
Tags:mexico, immigrants, family, travel

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Going Home (Trophy Picture Books) by Eve Bunting



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I thought this was a great book. I liked how Eve Bunting chose to include Spanish words throughout the book. "'Si. Papeles.' Papa speaks always in Spanish." It shows how Carlos and his siblings differ from their parents because they speak English. I also like the choices made by the illustrator. The background of each page is actually a photograph of Mexican artifacts. The illustrator then puts a drawing of what is happening in the story on top. Overall this story shows the sacrifices parents make to give greater opportunities to their children. ( )
  kchari2 | Mar 12, 2017 |
Eve Bunting’s Going Home is an enjoyable story involving a family on a trip from the United States back to a town in Mexico named La Perla where their parents used to live. Going Home provides a sense of power in identity and the importance of family through believable characters and complimenting illustrations by David Diaz.
The character development in Going Home proves to be very believable and rich in empathy. The story follows Carlos, his two sisters, and his parents as they return to La Perla for the holiday after working in the United States. The curiosity of the children on the car ride and during their visit is provides the connection to the reader. Curiosity in children is understood throughout the world and makes for believable characters, especially when the children are going to a country that only their parents know as “home.” The wonder of the children plays perfectly alongside the pride and sense of stability in the parents as they return to their old town of La Perla.
David Diaz’s illustrations compliment the story perfectly. The illustrations involve rich yellows and reds and use pictures of the family, the town, and the scenery to make allow the reader to dive further into the world Eve Bunting has created. The pictures of Carlos and his children are vivid images with southern and Latin American influences that provide an image that glorifies the world their parents come from in La Perla. The main message of the story involves the sense of Going Home involves a sense of family and belonging through Carlos and his family’s trip back to their roots. ( )
  khanes1 | Feb 18, 2017 |
Growing up and becoming assimilated with a culture, culture can often become lost. The journey of a family from the United States reminds a young child that is reminded of the special culture and home he has in Mexico. From the food, to the people, and the style of living, the boy takes in everything that has helped shape him and his family. This book is a reminder that family is formed and shaped because of our cultural background and that staying in touch is something that we appreciate and cherish. ( )
  BrianRatliff | Feb 15, 2017 |
Genre: Realism Fiction
Age appropriateness:Preschool - 3rd grade
Review:I might be a little biased toward this book and maybe it is overvalued, but the story of their journeys really resonated with me. Christmas is coming and Carlos and his family are going back to Mexico. But Mexico doesn't seem like home to Carlos, even though he and his sisters were born there. Can home be a place you don't really remember? At first, La Perla doesn't seem very different from the other villages they pass through. But then Carlos is swept into the festivities by Grandfather, Aunt Ana, and the whole village. Finally, Carlos begins to understand Mama and Papa's love for the place they left behind, but they leave the place for them, for good education. Home is here but it is there too.
This book is realism fiction because it can occurred to real life situation in a believable setting. The story resemble actual world and character react similarities to real people. ( )
  kliu16 | Feb 9, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this story because of the cultural perspective it provides for children. The language in this book is clear and simple for English-speaking students to understand, but it also describes the family's Mexican culture very well. The illustrations also look similar to a lot of Spanish art, which is a strong cultural addition to the book. The plot is about a boy and his family driving to Mexico, which was once home for the family before coming to America. Even though he did not remember any of his family from Mexico, it was home to his parents. The family came to America for better opportunities for their children. All of these characters are realistic and believable, since many families make the life choice of leaving Mexico for the same reason Carlos' family did. I like how the story is written in first person by Carlos, because it is more personal and relatable for readers who are the same age as his character. The story is heartwarming from beginning to end, and encourages children to be grateful for the educational opportunities they have. It also emphasizes that home is not a geographic location, but a place where families and memories are made. Most of all, it emphasizes the sacrifices people make for their families to have a better life. There are many positive messages children can take from this story, which is why I would recommend it for any young reader. ( )
  NicoleFrankel | Sep 3, 2016 |
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For Ed, who brought me to the place of opportunities. Sincere thanks to Joe Mendoza, Regional Director of Migrant Education, Region #17. -E.B.
For Cecelia, the angel on my chest. -D.D.
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"We are going home, Carlos," Mama says, hugging me.
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With its remarkable illustrations and its affectionate portrait of a migrant family, Eve Bunting's latest book is a jewel. Carlos, his parents, and his sisters visit the family village in Mexico. Mama and Papa are very excited, but the kids don't know what all the fuss is about. If they really love Mexico, what could be the point of leaving for America just for "opportunities"?

As they watch their parents with the family, and sneak a peek at the two of them dancing in the moonlight to a song only they can hear, Carlos understands. "They love it here because it's home. They have left home for us." With clarity, warmth, and very few words, Bunting has explained those ever-new American dreamers to yet another generation.

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Although a Mexican family comes to the United States to work as farm laborers so that their children will have opportunities, the parents still consider Mexico their home.

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